We’ve all done it: proclaimed that we’re going to accomplish a task, work on the hustle for a few hours, pick up our phones to reply to a text, and completely forget about the task and how productive we just were. I know because I’ve done it. In fact, I do it all the time.
So just like the perfect big sister, I’m going to sit you down and offer the advice you never asked for. Keep reading this post if you want to learn how to restart an old project.
I’ll use this blog as the perfect example. If you look back through my oldest posts - which you should - you can see that each has been uploaded well after the one before it. This is because I’m on a perpetual cycle of neglect and re-intrigue with this blog. (No offense blog, you know I love you. I just spend more time on my YouTube channel).
I was making a series of cheesy jokes with that parenthetical, but in my awkward humor I make a very good point. (Good job, me).
YouTube is my priority. I want to have a loyal fan base on the platform so my Awkward Turtles will follow me to other platforms, like this blog. But that logic is flawed because the way to grow on both is to so both. It’s a “one-hand-scratches-the-other” situation.
So how do you make yourself restart an old project? You prioritize it. You find a way to incorporate the old into the new. And then, you keep grinding.
If you want to write a book but you “had” to give it up because you got too busy at work - this is a lame excuse but that’s a blog topic for another day - you can still prioritize your book while at your 9 to 5. Not on the clock, obviously. But during lunch or on your commute. There are such things as speech-to-text and voice recordings; you can write your book and drive to work.
But you won’t accomplish anything if you don’t prioritize. I neglected this blog to focus on YouTube, but I also neglected my channel at many points. Mostly recently this summer. Check out the following videos. The first is from July, and the second is from several weeks later. My channel didn’t have any growth at this time because I didn't prioritize:
You can get all the memo books and reminder apps on the plant to help you re-engage with a project. But the truth is, if you don’t prioritize a goal, nothing will become of it.
So get out your Android - because they’re far superior to iOS - and get to recording. You’ll have your book done faster than you realize. I know, I’ve done it before.